We’re delighted to welcome Modern Films as a partner of UK SAYS NO MORE, and are excited to see their film THE RAPE OF RECY TAYLOR launch in UK cinemas.
Modern Films is a London-based, female-led film production, distribution and event cinema company, working with rising and established talent from around the world and bringing innovative stories to global audiences. They focus on creating connections between content, context and curation, with a particular emphasis on pressing social issues of our time expressed through the power of cinema and cultural expression.
The company launched in 2017 with the release of MANIFESTO, starring Cate Blanchett in 13 different roles. On the production side, I AM NOT A WITCH won a 2018 BAFTA for Outstanding Debut. Modern Films was launched as an alternative to the traditional model of the film value chain to work across borders, media and windows.
THE RAPE OF RECY TAYLOR
Recy Taylor, a 24-year-old black mother and sharecropper, was gang raped by six white boys in 1944 Alabama. Common in Jim Crow South, few women spoke up in fear for their lives. Not Recy Taylor, who bravely identified her rapists. The NAACP sent its chief rape investigator Rosa Parks, who rallied support and triggered an unprecedented outcry for justice.
The film exposes a legacy of physical abuse of black women and reveals Rosa Parks’ intimate role in Recy Taylor’s story. An attempted rape against Parks was but one inspiration for her ongoing work to find justice for countless women like Taylor. The 1955 bus boycott was an end result, not a beginning.
Following a series of sold-out, star-studded preview screenings, Modern Films are pleased to announce the theatrical release date of THE RAPE OF RECY TAYLOR as 25 May 2018. This times with UK SAYS NO MORE Week, ending excuses and espousing the truth.
Discussing the impact of ‘The Rape of Recy Taylor’
Following the release of ‘The Rape of Recy Taylor’, we sat down with Eve Gabreau and Johanna Von Fischer from film distribution company Modern Films to talking about the impact of ‘The Rape of Recy Taylor’, the importance of the film in contemporary society and what’s next for Modern Films.
My name is Eve Gabereau, I’m the Founder and Managing Director of Modern Films, which is a film production and distribution company. I’m originally from Canada but I’ve lived in London since I was a student in 1998. I studied politics and then East Asian studies and communications. I worked in journalism and festival programming, then went into distribution and ran a company called Soda Pictures for 15 years before I left last year to set up Modern Films.
My name is Johanna Von Fischer, I am the newest member of the Modern Films team. I’ve come on-board specifically to work on ‘The Rape of Recy Taylor’ and the impact campaign around it. I originally trained as an actor. I fell into running the British Independent Film Awards for 15 years and left a few years ago to do a degree. I’ve been working freelance since.
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The Rape of Recy Taylor review – vital story of a woman who fought back https://t.co/WPSnt4h7Lp
— Guardian culture (@guardianculture) May 24, 2018
UK OPENING SITES include:
- Curzon Bloomsbury – See Listing and Book Tickets Here
- Picturehouse Central – See Listing and Book Tickets Here
- Barbican Centre – See Listing and Book Tickets Here
- Arthouse Crouch End – See Listing and Book Tickets Here
- Hackney Picturehouse – See Listing and Book Tickets Here
- Ritzy Picturehouse – See Listing and Book Tickets Here
- Peckhamplex – See Listing and Book Tickets Here
- HOME Manchester – See Listing and Book Tickets Here
- Tyneside Newcastle – See Listing and Book Tickets Here
- Depot Cinema – Lewes – See Listing and Book Tickets Here
OTHER CINEMAS FROM 1 JUNE 2018
- Glasgow Film Theatre
- Showroom Sheffield
- Queen’s Film Theatre, Belfast
- Errol Flynn Filmhouse, Northampton
OTHER CINEMAS AND SCREENING DATES
- 10 June- Gate Picturehouse Notting Hil
- 10 June – Broadway Nottingham
- 10 & 14 June – The Lexi Cinema, Queen;s Park
- 10, 12, 16 June – Hyde Park Picture House, Leeds
- 14 June – Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough
- 27 June – Cinema & Co, Swansea
- 8-12 July – Exeter Phoenix
- 8 & 9 July – Eden Court, Inverness
- 9 July – Regent Street Cinema, London
- October – Aberystwyth Arts Centre